Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, expressed optimism on Saturday that her husband, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (ret.), will be elected governor of Bauchi state in the 2023 elections.

The minister made the bold statement while serenading Abubakar at an event that held Bauchi natives and friends of the former air force fighter at the International Conference Center in Abuja.

Midway through her welcome speech, an excited Farouq had described him as the best brother, husband, and governor anyone could ever pray for.

She said: “Sadique is the best brother, father and husband. I have no doubt that he will be the next and best governor of Bauchi state, Insha Allah.”

Sadiya, the youngest minister in the current administration, was a national treasurer of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change before the amalgamation of parties turned into the All Progressives Congress.

The development comes just three months after a social-political group in Bauchi under the auspices of “Coalition of APC Groups” accused it of getting delegates to vote for Abubakar ahead of the state’s latest APC governorship primary.

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Coalition leader Yusuf Ajiya made the allegation in a statement to journalists in Bauchi on May 23.

Ajiya claimed Farouq focused not on registering the names of “the correct beneficiaries” who were targeted to benefit from the survival funds, but details of party members who would participate in the primary as beneficiaries of the funds.

The minister has since dismissed the accusation as a mischievous attempt to belittle her and discredit her office.

The retired vice marshal was also in the news less than two weeks ago when a civil society organization, the Accountability and Democratic Project, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to disqualify from Bauchi’s governorship race for allegedly “withholding information.” ‘.

The allegation, which was revealed in a letter addressed to Mahmud Yakubu, INEC chairman and dated August 15, alleged that the APC governor candidate had provided incomplete information to the commission in violation of the 2022 electoral law.

But Abubakar again dismissed the speculation at the event, saying he was not bothered by it and will not be distracted in his desire to add values ​​to the lives of his people.

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He said: “As you know, 2022 is a year of intense political activity, our credentials have already had a huge impact on some politicians, causing them to take a desperate step to counter what we want to achieve in the interest of our people. .

“It doesn’t bother us, because we stay focused. Our intentions are noble and we will not be distracted in our desires to add values ​​to our society.”

In response to the euphoria and accolades he received, the retired Deputy Marshal appreciated his wife, friends and former bosses who had gathered for the occasion.

This is even when he vowed to reopen schools and return the 1.4 million out-of-school children in Bauchi state to the sources of knowledge.

He said: “We must work collectively to reopen the gates of schools to students who have had the opportunity to attend one. In Bauchi state alone, we have 1.4 million out-of-school children.

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“Likewise, we have 1,549 women who died for every 100,000 births in Bauchi. These statistics are very frightening. But I will continue to do my best for my people and the state after more than 42 years of service in the Air Force.

“It is a call that I cannot refuse in light of the current state of affairs in the state in particular and the state in general.

“My family and I are deeply moved by the interest you have shown in my humble achievements as Chief of the Air Force of the Nigerian Air Force and also as Ambassador to the Republic of Chad.”

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